Paddy Pimblett implores men to ‘start talking’ after friend’s suicide

Liverpool lightweight Paddy Pimblett revealed he learned a friend had taken his own life ahead of his final outing at the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday.

Pimblett urged the men not to suffer in silence in a heartfelt interview following his win over American Jordan Leavitt at London’s O2 Arena.

The 27-year-old defeated the Las Vegas native with a second-round submission.

Pimblett said in his post-fight interview: “I woke up at 4am on Friday morning to the news that one of my friends had killed himself at home. That was five hours before my weigh-in.

“So Ricky, boy, this is for you.

“But there is a stigma in this world that men cannot speak. Look, if you’re a man and you have a burden on your shoulders and you think the only way to solve it is to kill yourself, please talk to someone, talk to anyone.

“People would rather – I know I’d rather have my mate crying on my shoulder than go to his funeral next week.

“So please let’s get rid of this stigma and men start talking.” Paddy Pimblett implores men to ‘start talking’ after friend’s suicide

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